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  • This industry saw a wide array of different types of breaches, including Cyber-Espionage, Privilege Misuse and Crimeware. There were also a large amount of phishing and pretexting attacks that were financially motivated—and accomplished via social engineering tactics.

  • Total incidents


    The number of security incidents (Nov 2018 to Oct 2019) analyzed in this sector in the 2020 DBIR.

  • Top three patterns

    Everything Else 

    Web Applications 


    The top trends that emerged from this sector’s data (Nov 2018 to Oct 2019) in the 2020 DBIR.

  • Threat actors 

    75% External 

    75 percent

    28% Internal 

    28 percent

    2% Multiple 

    2 percent

  • Actor motives 

    63% - 95% Financial 

    63 percent

    8% - 43% Espionage 

    8-43 range

    0% - 17%Convenience 

    17percent range

    0% - 9%Other 

    9percent range

  • Data compromised 

    41% Credentials 

    41 percent

    41% Personal 

    41 percent

    35% Other 

    35 percent

    19% Internal 

    19 percent


  • More espionage than elsewhere

    As with many other sectors, Espionage motivated a considerable number of breaches. The outcomes were split about evenly between confirmed data breaches, in which the confidentiality of data was compromised, and potential data disclosures, which, though less serious, still reveal vulnerability in your system.

  • Better training means less vulnerability.

    Attacks and errors on an organization’s boundaries accounted for a high number of breaches, with phishing attacks to capture credentials and misconfigured systems as some of the top causes of data breaches. With the right personnel training and process improvement, you can limit these vulnerabilities.

  • See the latest trends in cybersecurity.


    Explore the results of the 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) and see what patterns emerged across the thousands of security incidents, from companies both big and small.


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  • Understanding the threats can help manage risk effectively

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